Do It Yourself?

Years back I picked up a man carrying a microwave. He’d bought it at K-Mart and was carrying it, with effort, to his house a mile away. We exchanged names as he fell into the passenger seat. After catching his breath I asked, “So why’s a man carrying a microwave along a road where everyone else is driving?” He explained a sad tale of job loss and broken minivan, followed by his microwave. “If you want anything done, you’ve got to do it yourself!” he exclaimed, searching for dignity in his self-reliance. Except—he wasn’t doing it himself! He was relying on a complete stranger to cut the work of hand-delivering his purchase in half. As we pulled into his driveway I started to mention a pastor whose nearby church was full of neighbors who might help him back on his feet. But before I could speak he thanked me, wished me well, flew out of my vehicle and was gone.

Life’s tough, but it’s tougher alone. It’s more fulfilling as a team sport, rather than an endless stream of do-it-yourself projects. Who’s on your team, and whose team are you on?

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

       ―Helen Keller

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By: Gibson Armstrong, CEO, ALI

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